The Israelis and the Palestinians view the settlements enterprise from a completely different perspective that defines their strategic objectives and is becoming increasingly irreconcilable every time Israel announces the building of new housing units.
Since Israelis and Palestinians live interspersed they are already compelled to cooperate on areas of mutual responsibility such as border security, migration, right-of-return, dual-citizenship, public services, trade and employment.
Even more ridiculous than the self-congratulatory tone of Rice's recollections of her role as a peace processor is the criticism directed at Obama for supposedly failing to continue pursuing his predecessor's Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy.
Whatever the exact result of the Palestinians' UN bid will be, we must not let Netanyahu spin that Israel scores a moral victory if some major European countries will vote against it or abstain confuse us.
Every Israeli leader, at every round of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, has called for a demilitarized Palestinian state. It is fortunate then that this something Palestinians have already agreed to.